"Changing our lifestyles to respect the environment is necessary,...but this does not teach us the skills to regain the lost art of interspecies communication. Horses teach us how to communicate in a manner that seems understandable and in the presence of horses we actually receive feedback. We can make mistakes and try again." Leif Hallberg - Walking the way of the horse
Moments of my volunteer work at Hestegarden, Norway, where I managed to learn about unagressive animal therapy during a few months. To be consecutive with the horse, with less expectations and demands. Be humble but staightforward. Persistency, persistency, take a break, couple of really deep in and out-breath and keep moovin on... :).
I met the real character of the American Miniature Horse while volunteering at Hestegarden in Norway.
I always had this magestic view of the horse, tall, muscular, huge stature not really taking into consideration horses that cannot be "looked upon". One of the biggest surprises that brought me this two months of volunteer work were the amazing mini horses (7 of them!). Among the daily work belonged taking these horses out to the nearby forest pasture on mornings and back on evenings. I started my mini walks by leading only two of them at once. In a few weeks I was surprisingly happy to see that I manage 5 mares leading on leash and they can even obey me. Extremely joyful but blind creatures. Thought until now... Spring started here in Gaular valley and horses are getting the extra hormones too. The only stallion of the stable, the amazing Nino turns often our mornings into real workouts: chasing him around the arena while he is jumping the paddock ropes one by one turns you first into red, then green and finally white, while he is rearing on two legs, laughing into your face with his high peached whining noise.